The Space Alien decided to pay a holiday visit to Santa. Traveling at tachyonic velocities exceeding the speed of light, the Space Alien reached the North Pole where Santa greeted the Space Alien warmly.
Santa was reviewing lists of who had been naughty and who had been nice, but clearly the jolly old elf was worried.
"What's wrong, Santa?" asked the Space Alien kindly. "Can I help?"
Santa sighed: "It's the Reindeer! The other night they all flew to Chicago to dance with the Sugarplum Fairy in the Joffrey Ballet production of The Nutcracker at the historic but drafty Auditorium Theatre."
"They danced beautifully and they were the stars of the production, but they wore only their skimpy tutus and they all caught cold!"
The Space Alien peeked into the reindeer's bedroom and sure enough, there they were, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and even Blitzen! All sick in bed!
"I don't know how we'll manage to bring gifts to all the little boys and girls this year," said Santa sadly. "These reindeer are just too sick to travel!"
The Space Alien thought deeply for a moment, then whipped out an iPhone, dialed several numbers, and had brief, urgent conversations.
In moments, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer stood at the door, with the Little Engine that Could close behind.
"We got your call and we're here to help!" said Rudolph. "I can guide your sleigh tonight!" he continued, and then turned to the Little Engine that Could. "Can you carry all those toys?
"I think I can, I think I can!" chugged the Little Engine that Could.
"Then let's get going!" they all cried out together!
The Space Alien made sure the reindeer were all tucked in with warm blankets and plenty of hot lemonade to drink, and then joined Santa, Rudolph and the Little Engine that Could as they loaded all the toys aboard.
The Little Engine pulled. .
The Space Alien pushed.
Rudolph lit their way through the night!
And a relieved and happy Santa prepared to jump down millions of chimneys, delivering toys to little girls and boys everywhere!
Here are some extra goodies for good children of all ages:
Enjoy The Little Engine that Could by Wally Piper.
Find this 1930s classic from many booksellers!
Find a reprint of the original classic at Amazon here.
Listen to a reading on You Tube:
Here's a page-by-page reading of "The Little Engine that Could" complete with illustrations:
And here's another reading by none other than Captain Kangaroo:
Learn about A Visit from St. Nicholas, the classic poem nearly 200 years old, attributed to Clement Clark Moore, that has shaped so much of our popular conception of Santa Claus:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Visit_from_St._Nicholas and hear a reading with wonderful pictures at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEkZK9NZGFg
The entire staff of the Space Alien Gazette wishes you and yours a wonderful holiday season and good health and lots of exciting adventures in 2018!